Deputy Sheriff Randolph Michael Eng

Deputy Sheriff Randolph Michael Eng

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1996

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Randolph Michael Eng

Deputy Eng was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded while moonlighting as a security guard at a wedding in southwest Houston. Deputy Eng had ordered one of the guests to leave after the guest created a disturbance. The guest then entered the bathroom and was followed by Deputy Eng.

The man pulled out a weapon and opened fire, striking Deputy Eng in the head. A second officer was struck in the arm.

The suspect was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Eng had served with the agency for 9 years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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I was an intern paramedic for HFD riding 3rd man when the call came in. My two other fellow brothers responded on Medic 68.Call came in as GSW officer down. My heart was racing but, my fellow FF were veterans and stayed the course. We arrived not even 4 to 5 minutes to location in a strip mall with total chaos. We all three jumped out with our equipment and immediately saw one Deputy on the ground leaning on side of a vehicle next to the entrance bleeding from arm. He raised his other arm in the direction of the venue. He stated that his partner was worse and to take care of him. One FF stayed with him as myself and other paramedic entered the venue. At that time multiple HPD officers were on scene and had guns drawn and securing the area. I saw Deputy Eng. supine with blood coming from the back of his head.He was in a small foyer between the men and ladies room. As we knelt down next to him HPD yells the shooter is still in the bathroom! At that time HFD and HPD wore the same color of shirts. My partner and I were blocking the door to the mens room. HPD s brave men and women stepped over us and ran into the room. My partner had sense enough and experience to grab Deputy Eng by his belt and get him out of arms way. It was an intense scene that happened in seconds but, I was there thinking we are going to get shot. Our main priority was to move him. We both had to drag him away and I had no time to bring my jump bag with me and the scene was to chaotic to retrieve it. Our E.O. was already at the front with B.B. and stretcher. We called for another Medic for the other Deputy and Transported Deputy Eng to Ben Taub. My partner and I intubated him and performed CPR that long ride to the hosp. I remember like it was yesterday doing compressions and l couldn't believe another human being could do this to a person yet a Deputy of the Law. That was over 20 yrs ago and that night is engrained in my mind. Its taken me this long to tell it. I said a prayer for Deputy Eng and his family that night and many other nights. I commend his partner, don't know his name. He was in the fight and thought of his partner first. God Bless the MEN and WOMAN of Law Enforcement.

Retired Capt. Ruben Rosales
Houton Fire Dpt

December 2, 2017

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